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Regents convene at University of Iowa for first time since protests

Board expected to consider 2-year budget road map among other things

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IOWA CITY — The Board of Regents will meet Wednesday and Thursday on the University of Iowa campus — marking the first board meeting in Iowa City since protests erupted last October over its hiring of UI President Bruce Harreld.

This week’s two-day meeting will include discussion around another presidential search — the one about to launch to replace former University of Northern Iowa President William Ruud. It also will include discussion of a new two-year budget and tuition road map aimed at helping students, parents and lawmakers plan.

The blueprint anticipates a 2 percent increase in the board’s state allocations request for the universities in the 2018 and 2019 budget years. It also includes the possibility of a 2 percent increase in resident undergraduate tuition for each of those years.

The plan, however, is “dynamic,” and board officials said it could change. Thus, the board this week will consider adopting only the 2018 appropriations request. Its consideration of 2018 tuition rates will come next month, officials said.

During the Thursday session, the board will hear reports from its three university presidents, which likely will include fall enrollment statistics.

When the board’s committees meet Wednesday, they will discuss internal audits — including those critical of the UI’s Department of Public Safety and early-retirement incentive program.

And they will discuss a request for a new UI program, property purchases and leases and the naming of two facilities — one on the Iowa State University campus and one at the UI.

At ISU, officials are asking the board approve its naming a future indoor tennis practice facility the “Bruce McKee Indoor Tennis Complex.”

The UI did not disclose its proposed naming, saying only it will ask the board to approve the naming of a facility.

Before the committee meetings Wednesday, regents will tour the new $360 million UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, which is on track to begin serving patients in December.

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